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Ratings Chart for Sunday, Dec. 28

December 29, 2008 11:19 AM

Prime Time Preliminary Sunday Ratings

NBC's "Sunday Night Football's" featured matchup between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers performed strongly enough to give the network a win Sunday even though ratings were down significantly from last week, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research numbers. "SNF" posted a 4.4/12 in the Fast National numbers, down 21% from last week's Fast Nationals for the game between the Carolina Panthers and the New York Giants, which did a 5.6/14 before rising to 6.8/18 in the final numbers. An NFL lead-in helped Fox and CBS come in second and third, respectively, though programming on those networks was edged out by football throughout the night. ABC's presentation of "The Sound of Music" took up its entire prime-time block, doing a 1.6/4 for a fourth-place finish. The CW finished the night fifth.

 

7

7:30 8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

1.6 / 4

Movie: The Sound of Music

1.6 / 4

6.3 mil

CBS

2.5 / 7

NFL Overrun

5.3 / 15

18.6 mil

60 Minutes

2.7 / 8

13.5 mil

Million Dollar Password

2.0 / 6

9.9 mil

Cold Case

2.0 / 5

9.1 mil

The Unit

1.4 / 4

6 mil

FOX

2.6 / 7

NFL Overrun

3.6 / 10

9.7 mil

The OT

2.6 / 8

6.7 mil

The Simpsons

2.4 / 7

5.5 mil

King of the Hill

1.9 / 5

4.4 mil

Family Guy

2.7 / 7

5.6 mil

American Dad

2.2 / 6

4.7 mil

No Programming

NBC

4.0 / 11

Football Night in America

2.3 / 7

7.1 mil

Football Night in America

3.1 / 9

8.6 mil

NFL Football: Broncos vs. Chargers

4.4 / 12

11.9 mil

CW

0.3 / 1

Jericho

0.3 / 1

0.9 mil

Movie: Revenge of the Pink Panther

0.3 / 1

1.4 mil

No Programming

Source: Nielsen Media Research

*Ratings are specified in the 18-to 49-year-old demographic and viewership in P2+.

A note about ratings: Ratings are expressed as percentages of Nielsen's estimated 114.5 million U.S. television households. The first number, the rating, is a percentage of households tuned into a specific program at a specific time.

The second number, the share, is a percentage of households with televisions in use tuned into that same program. For example, if a show obtains a 10.2/16, this means that 10.2% of all U.S. households tuned into the program at some point during the broadcast. Meanwhile, 16% of all households watching television during the time period viewed the program at some point. Ratings are broken down further by demographic, as networks sell advertising time based on the makeup of the audience.

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